Gemant Award Winners


For his internationally best-selling books A Brief History of Time, and Black Holes and the Baby Universes and Other Essays, his outstanding PBS series Stephen Hawking's Universe, his role in Star Trek, and his series of public talks that are examples of exceptional leadership in communicating science to the public.


For writing with clarity and accuracy for his physicist colleagues, and for writing The First Three Minutes and Dreams of a Final Theory with the same integrity that provided a broad audience with rare insights into the thinking of a theoretical physicist.


Not satisfied with a distinguished career in theoretical astrophysics, he went into science writing, history of science and the writing of fiction based on his thorough understanding and love of theoretical physics.

Robert R Wilson

For his accomplishments as an outstanding experimenter, master builder and designer, and sculptor of stone, wood, and metal.

Spencer Weart

For his success both in interpreting physics to the public as well as enlightening the community of physicists and other scholars regarding the cultural aspects of our science.


For his books, articles and lectures for general audiences on the history of twentieth-century physics and especially for his authoritative and readable biography of Niels Bohr, which compellingly tells the story of quantum physics and its influence on our thinking.


For pioneering the application of physics to archeology and art history, and for the development of the use of thermoluminescence and remanent magnetism for dating.


For his pioneering use of solid-state physics in the study of ancient art and artifacts to reconstruct their cultural, historical and technological significance.


For the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics.